The bodies of two of the three Dominican fishermen missing since Sunday after going out to make their catch at sea from a beach in this northwestern town were recovered by Dominican authorities off the coast of Cap Haitien, Haiti's second largest city.

The third fisherman was found alive but in critical condition, the Monte Cristi emergency management director, Maximo Ventura, told local reporters.

The emergency management office and the navy identified the victims as Deivy Peralta, 40, and Martires Palomino, the captain of the 23-foot fishing boat.

Authorities also said that the survivor is Andres Marte, 35, who like Peralta lived in the northern Dominican city of Santiago.

Ventura also said that the authorities and the emergency management office were told that the three fishermen knew that the boat's motor needed repair but decided to set out anyway.

The navy said that the Dominicans went to sea without authorization and ignored the warning of the National Meteorology Office that small boats should remain in port due to prevailing bad weather along the Dominican coasts.

Dominican authorities found the body of Peralta and the survivor tied with a rope to the fishing boat and believe the captain ordered it as a tactic to keep them from falling overboard, but that the victims drowned when the boat ran into difficulties. EFE